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- Print Length: 267 pages
- Publisher: JournalStone (April 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XJ9Q48R
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe has many stories that literally are a hard mile's walk in someone else’s shoes, and a large part of the surreal beauty and tragedy that weave throughout these tales is wondering how they do it. Kiste is a beautiful and disturbing new voice in literary horror, and any who enjoys reading it or who is just looking for an exciting new avenue of the of the Weird is doing themselves a grave disservice if they do not pick it up.
Her approach to each theme is as unique as the theme itself, ranging from first to second and third person, with a variety of clever tricks up her sleeve in the form of questionnaires, itineraries, and hand-written notes.
Hers is a style one immediately wishes they could somehow duplicate, and though imitation is the highest form of flattery, much like her last tale in the book, you can't catch that kind of lightning in a bottle.
Five Day Summer Camp - a haunting story about sibling love set in a dystopian land where obedience is everything - has Margaret Atwood tones in its stark depiction of a lives under complete control, and for me is one of the best in the collection. The Tower Princesses is a modern fairy-tale with a twist that impressed me with its originality and honest depiction of teenage life; however its pacing lagged towards the end and I felt it would have been a stronger story with more editing. Others in the collection I really enjoyed include All the Red Apples Have Withered to Gray, another fairy-tale styled story that deals with the expectations based on young women, and the disappointment that failures can bring, and Skin Like Honey and Lace, a love-gone-wrong story that is both disturbing and heartbreaking.
The treatment of women, young women in particular, is a theme running through the anthology. The opening story, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, sets the tone for the whole collection in this regard. Highly original with stunning prose, this story shows Kiste as a serious talent in modern horror.
This isn't a perfect collection, however there are some absolute gems which makes it a must read for lovers of imaginative horror with a literary feel.
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